Human Ecology

Contemporary Research and Practice

  • Daniel G. Bates
  • Judith Tucker

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Theory, Method, and Explanation in Human Ecology

  3. Dynamics of Local Food Procurement Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-107
    2. Douglas W. Bird, Rebecca Bliege Bird, Christopher H. Parker
      Pages 127-142
    3. Jon Pedersen, Tor A. Benjaminsen
      Pages 173-186
  4. Agricultural Intensification and Large-scale Population Dynamics

  5. Development, Common Property Management, and Conservation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-279
    2. James M. Acheson, Jon McCloskey
      Pages 331-348
    3. David Pimentel, Alison Marklein, Megan A. Toth, Marissa N. Karpoff, Gillian S. Paul, Robert McCormack et al.
      Pages 349-369
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 371-377

About this book


This comprehensive sourcebook on human ecology combines 25 source articles published in the journal Human Ecology, enhanced with new research updates and thematic commentary. Intended as a follow up to Case Studies in Human Ecology, this volume includes an entirely new group of articles, with the same accessible, comprehensive coverage that made Case Studies so popular.

Human Ecology: Research and Practice covers four important areas: Philosophy, Theory and Methods; Changing Subsistence Practices; Agricultural Intensification and Population Dynamics; and, Common Property Resources and Conservation. As a group, these articles represent the major contributions to the study of Human Ecology since the publication of the previous volume.

Each article includes a concise introduction by the Editor, giving necessary and thoughtful context. The volume covers an overview of human ecology as a field within environmental studies, new directions in contemporary research, new methods and techniques, and cultural landscapes. Anyone studying human ecology, environmental studies, landscape studies, or population dynamics, particularly key issues such as conservation and globalization will find this comprehensive reader a valuable resource.


Archaeological Method Conservation Environmental Archaeology Environmental Studies Pastoralists agricultural conservation methods carbon footprint changing agricultural subsistence methods environmental anthropology landscape studies philosophy

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel G. Bates
    • 1
  • Judith Tucker
    • 2
  1. 1.City University of New York, Department of AnthropologyHunter CollegeNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.ShelbyvilleUSA

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